Axing the associates

In 2014 the ICC decided to cut its marquee event, the 50-over World Cup, to ten teams from the 2019 tournament. The impact of this is expected to fall squarely on the Associate members, who had four representatives in 2015, and the response has seen sharp criticism of the decision


'Associates better off despite World Cup cutback' - Tim Anderson
'Associates better off despite World Cup cutback' - Tim Anderson

Despite the prospect of a 10-team World Cup being confirmed at the end of this week's ICC Annual Conference, Tim Anderson, the ICC head of global development, says Associate cricket overall is "in a much better place now than say it was six or 12 months a

Cricket needs to stop being parochial
Cricket needs to stop being parochial

The best Associates need a shot at Test cricket immediately, as opposed to the more tedious pathway via the Intercontinental Cup

Common sense 1, Logistics 0
Common sense 1, Logistics 0

A tweak here, a tweak there and voilà - a better World Cup for all

'We are crying out for games against top teams'
'We are crying out for games against top teams'

Ireland captain William Porterfield talks about the rapid growth of cricket in the country and what the ICC should do to protect Associates' interests

Why does cricket need the Associates?
Why does cricket need the Associates?

Because it gives more young people the chance to enjoy a sport, and society is better for the existence of sport

How to make a ten-team World Cup work
How to make a ten-team World Cup work

There are ways of making the Associates an integral part of the tournament while still keeping the event competitive and lucrative

Dravid backs Associates for 2019 World Cup
Dravid backs Associates for 2019 World Cup

Former India captain Rahul Dravid has put his weight behind the continued presence of Associate Nations at the World Cup, as he believes allowing them to participate is "the least cricket can do"

No point playing if World Cup reduced - Porterfield
No point playing if World Cup reduced - Porterfield

William Porterfield, the Ireland captain, has questioned "the point in keeping going" for Associate nations if the ICC does not reverse its decision to cut the next World Cup to 10 teams

Why this year's Associate crop is the best ever
Why this year's Associate crop is the best ever

The ICC deserves credit for helping weaker teams prepare better for this World Cup - though the Big Three are threatening to undo all the good work that has been put in

Don't kill cricket in the Associate nations
Don't kill cricket in the Associate nations

How are kids to aspire to become cricketers if they can't watch role models from their countries on the biggest stage?

Arjuna's real-life Hobbits
Arjuna's real-life Hobbits

A Sri Lankan fan inspired by the heroes of 1996 ponders the impact of an Associate-free World Cup on cricket fans in Kabul, Dublin, Rotterdam and Kathmandu

An all-inclusive blueprint for the 2019 World Cup
An all-inclusive blueprint for the 2019 World Cup

A 40-over tournament with 18 teams, played over ten weeks, with a best-of-three final will help identify a true champion team with luck playing little part

Does a ten-team World Cup make financial sense?
Does a ten-team World Cup make financial sense?

Not really. Contrary to the ICC's claim that it will provide more money for the development of the game

The tale of the have-nots
The tale of the have-nots

The Associates are the flavour of the season, and a new book tells the story of their passion for the game all over the world

Why a ten-team World Cup is right
Why a ten-team World Cup is right

The sport's top event must be a high-quality affair. It's up to us to ensure that Associates get a fair chance at making the cut for it

2019 World Cup format set in stone, but maybe not
2019 World Cup format set in stone, but maybe not

Governing body could allow Associates to play a parallel tournament and keep everyone happy (though really only India)

The World Cup needs the Associates
The World Cup needs the Associates

Our sport can never hope to compete with football unless it takes an expansionist view

Tendulkar calls for 25-team World Cup
Tendulkar calls for 25-team World Cup

Sachin Tendulkar has condemned the ICC's decision to reduce the number of teams in the 2019 World Cup as "a backward step" in the global expansion of cricket

Dhoni bats for Associates and cricket to go global
Dhoni bats for Associates and cricket to go global

MS Dhoni, the India captain, has said it was important to spread cricket in more countries and look beyond mere commercial interests

Throw open the gates to the Associates
Throw open the gates to the Associates

Keeping them in the World Cup will inspire their countrymen to dream bigger and also prevent the game from being monopolised by a small club